Dragon Quest IX Crowned King Of Dragon Quest Games In Japan

By Spencer . November 15, 2010 . 2:11am

imageSquare Enix asked fans to vote for their favorite Dragon Quest game and the results are in. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies topped the chart as the most popular Dragon Quest game. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King came in at number two and Dragon Quest III received a bronze slime medal from fans.


Meanwhile Dragon Quest, the original, came in at number 17. One interesting bit about the survey is remakes take up their own slots. As an example, Dragon Quest V shows up in fourth, fifth, and eleventh place. If votes for all of the port were tallied together could Dragon Quest V really be Japan’s favorite Dragon Quest story?


Anyway, here’s a translated list of games and a partial list of favorite monsters and heroes. Yes, Slime is the most beloved Dragon Quest monster.


Japan’s favorite Dragon Quest games

1.) Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
2.) Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
3.) Dragon Quest III
4.) Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (SFC)
5.) Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS)
6.) Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS)
7.) Dragon Quest VII
8.) Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (DS)
9.) Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2
10.) Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (SFC)
11.) Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (PS2)
12.) Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (NES)
13.) Super Famicom Dragon Quest III (SFC)
14.) Dragon Quest Monsters Joker
15.) Dragon Quest II (NES)
16.) Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road Victory
17.) Dragon Quest (NES)
18.) Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (PS1)
19.) Dragon Quest I & II (SFC)
20.) Dragon Quest Monsters (GB)
21.) Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road II Legend
22.) Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road
23.) Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
24.) Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest
25.) Torneko’s Great Adventure: Mysterious Dungeon
26.) Game Boy Dragon Quest III
27.) Dragon Quest Monsters 2
28.) Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
29.) Dragon Quest Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon
30.) Game Boy Dragon Quest I & II


Favorite Dragon Quest monsters

1.) Slime
2.) Hagure Metal
3.) Slime Knight
4.) Zoma (DQ III)
5.) Dark Dream (DQ VI secret boss)
6.) Metal King
7.) Killer Machine
8.) Dragonlord (DQ I)
9.) Healslime
10.) Metal Slime


Favorite Dragon Quest heroes and heroines

1.) Hero from Dragon Quest III
2.) Bianca from Dragon Quest V
3.) Alena from Dragon Quest IV
3.) Terry from Dragon Quest VI
5.) Hero from Dragon Quest VIII
6.) Hero from Dragon Quest V
7.) Yangus from Dragon Quest VIII
8.) Torneko from Dragon Quest IV
9.) Pankraz from Dragon Quest V
10.) Barbara from Dragon Quest IV
11.) Pisaro from Dragon Quest IV
12.) Kiryl from Dragon Quest IV
13.) Jessica from Dragon Quest VIII
14.) Angelo from Dragon Quest VIII
15.) Hassan from Dragon Quest VI
15.) Hero from Dragon Quest VII

  • My fav. one is DQ VIII… i didnt get tired of that xD

    i wonder when my PS3 is getting one of these…

    • jarrodand

      Unless Horii lets them put DQVII on Game Archives, probably never.

      • Tokyo Guy

        Good point. Why hasn’t that game been put on there yet? You’d think it would have a huge sales spike for SquareEnix, much as how releasing FF7 did.

  • WizardoftheBlueOrder

    Caravan Hearts didn’t make the top 30? That’s a little disappointing.I am pleased that Erdrick/Loto is the number one character though. (I share that opinion) And Christo at 12 isn’t bad either.And Spencer? I think “Zeke” of Dragon Quest 8 at number 13 is better known as “Jessica”, given your preference for most recent localized names.

    (To be a stickler, DQ9 has dubbed Hassan as “Carver” and Barbara as “Ashlynn”, but I don’t think it’s worth bothering until DQ6 DS actually gets localized.)

    • Thanks, I let that one slip through while translating. It’s not really a “preference”, but I used the localized names so English readers here know which characters are being referred to.

      I’m aware of the DQVI character names yet, but since the game hasn’t been localized I wasn’t sure which ones would be more recognizable.

      • WizardoftheBlueOrder

        That’s fair. (Greatest readability to the viewers makes sense.)

        I think leaving the Japanese names for 6 is the right move for now, as the population who recognizes the characters in any greater capacity than “well, they gave us equipment!” would have played either a fantranslation or the original, both using those names.

        Though then I wonder about Hagure Metal, as that’s popularly known as Metal Babble, Metabble or Liquid Metal (Slime). Ah well, I’m just rambling. Thanks for the post, it’s pretty nifty.

      • I think Dark Dream (or Darkdrium?) is in DQ6. He’s the optional boss. Kinda like emerald weapon of FF7. But after I defeated him, he went to the final boss and hilarity ensues.

      • Incidentally, I think DQVI’s official English subtitle is “Realms of Reverie” and not “Revelation.”

  • 3.) Alena from Dragon Quest IV

    Rock on.

    • I was surprised Torneko was as low as 8th, since he was the first character to get his own game.

  • Apollokids

    I traded my kingdom hearts 2 for Dragon Quest 8. It was a good choice. I loved the overhead world and flying around. It was really a great game. I am also hoping they bring one to the ps3.

    • MrRobbyM

      I would be happy with this gen of games if it happens. There seriously needs to be a DQ PS3.

    • Exkaiser

      I loved the scale of the world map.

      I felt bad flying everywhere in the endgame, since it made everything feel shrunken down to typical RPG worldmap scale.

      • Tokyo Guy

        Yes, I loved DQ8 in terms of how it brought the world of Akira Toriyama to life. It’s astonishing that Bandai keeps mindlessly churning out generic DBZ fighting games when it could actually put out something like a DBZ RPG using this kind of world scope.

  • maxchain

    Aw, no love for Debora(h)? She’s the only bi–er, bristly, disagreeable lass in probably all of gaming that I really took a shining to.

  • Oh well. Mine is still DQ5. Also where the heck is DQ6???

  • RAVENKam

    Although I bought IX on launch I only started the game recently (due to a backlog of games that needed attention first) but since I did it’s pretty much taken over my life. I can see it lasting me a good few months too. Best DQ ever? Not so sure myself (I’ve always had a soft spot for VII) but an incredible game all the same.

  • I really enjoyed it, but aside from Stella, I thought it was terribly wanting in the personality department and the vignettes were uniformly pretty bad. It’s a middle-of-the-road Dragon Quest title in my book, though I definitely see the appeal.

  • ZomaNeko

    DQIX does seem like the most fair choice for the #1 slot. DQIII is really when the series became huge (I mean DQI and II sold a ton don’t get me wrong, but many NES games were just as successful, where as DQIII is when people started to really line up for the launch and out performed the first two in almost every way). If you play DQIII it actually feels like, and I guess storyline wise is the first DQ, and there’s just a ton about that game which make it the most classic of the first 3 (though 1 is still amazing). DQIX of course is A LOT like DQIII, except it’s remixed with elements from more recent DQs, plus it was created for a larger audience (casual japanese players, and there was a huge emphasis on the game being internationally successful). I can’t say forsure it’s my favorite just since I liked the characters and story better in other games, but I really love the gameplay, and am actually playing it for the third time now.

    As for my favorite monsters and characters? Zoma of course! He well deserves that number 4 spot, and in my opinion is one of the coolest traditional console RPG villains ever, even though his story is quite limited. My favorite DQ character is actually Barbara (or Ashlynn in our localized version, I actually prefer this name) who scored 10th place which isn’t too bad o:

    • Tokyo Guy

      I didn’t like DQ9 because it felt too generic. Personally I hate it when you can randomly create characters for your party because right there any element of story/background for them is missing. You might as well be traveling with stuffed toys. While I wanted DQ8 to have more characters, the game did a good job of using the 3 supporting party members to their fullest.

      In terms of characters, I actually liked DQ7 the best. In terms of games, I liked DQ6 the best.

  • Jessica’s boobs must’ve weighed her down.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    Dragon Quest IX and V, can’t go wrong with those picks =D

  • WTF???? FF9 story was crappy compared to DQ5, DQ9 was pretty good but not as epic, but well, at least 2 spots are taken by DQ5 and each one next to the other xD

    • Joanna

      Seeing how high III is, maybe most Japanese DQ players like the minimun story and focus on customization and exploration? DQIX felt like a successor to DQIII. You can even fight Zoma in DQIX! :D

  • Tokyo Guy

    To this day I still want Enix to hire someone to make a game version of the original Dragon Quest anime series.

  • Tokyo Guy

    You know I would very much like to see a more curtailed survey given exclusively to those of us who have been playing the series since the original released (i.e. who were born before 1990). Because I think that for many, DQ3 will always be the best game given what a seminal product it was for the time. On the other hand, for people who only started with say, Dragon Quest 4, or even DQ7, then the results would be quite different.

    Though the fact that the hero from DQ3 is ranked #1 in terms of characters shows that perhaps a lot of these “older” gamers did participate in the survey.

  • Tokyo Guy

    BTW does anyone else find it less and less plausible for Dragon Quest 10 to release on the Wii? I mean with sales of the machine down to record lows, it seems quite probable that Nintendo is finally going to have to wake up to the modern era of HD and bring out a new console.

    Considering that we’ve yet to hear anything other than an announcement for the game (i.e. no pictures, art, development comments, or even which developer IIRC) I think the chances of it being on the Wii are somewhat unlikely…and then if it IS on the Wii and the Wii successor is backwards compatible, there will be endless cries of the game being “dumbed down” for the Wii, like there were with Twilight Princess and the Gamecube.

    • Joanna

      http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=130016According to Horii, it’s still alive and kicking and shall be out “soon”. It’s probably L5 over taxing themselves….didn’t IX get delayed a lot as well?

      Mind you, this article is a few months old. So make what you will of it.But yeah, it is weird.Also – I can’t recall where, but somewhere – perhaps Siliconera- there was an article about Nintendo and SE signing a deal about DQX being on Wii. Basically Nintendo promotes DQIX here and SE makes DQX for Wii. If that’s the case – and it seems to be, since why else would Nintendo spend so much money on DQIX’s marketing- I don’t see how it could be going anywhere but the Wii.

      • vadde939

        What about DQX for the Wii successor though? It would still be for a Nintendo system like a deal would require and make more sense financially than releasing it for the Wii with its fickle userbase. I’d be suprised if we don’t hear something about the ‘Wii 2’ next year. I think its about time for a new home console from Nintendo.

        • Joanna

          That is possible and it would give the Wii succussor a great start, but I don’t think Wii 2 will be out next year. With 3DS launching, it would give Nintendo the boost in revenue they need and 3DS wouldn’t canabalize Wii 2 sales and vice versa. From the way I see it, it would be much better for Nintendo to launch Wii 2 in 2012 to give themselves another strong year. Spread out the revenue, in a way. Meanwhile, if they release DQX next year for Wii, it would probably give the system another nice boost before it goes out. Even with the state the Wii market is in, Dragon Quest would be enough to pull in new owners, and I don’t see how current owners would pass it up either. Frankly, I am pretty dumbfounded that there are people, who own Wiis and are gamers, but don’t buy games for it. If you have the hardware, and there is a game that looks interesting, why not pick it up?

          Ah, but that’s just what I think is most logical. They might just release it anyway. So who knows.

          • vadde939

            Yeah I also think Wii 2 won’t be released until 2012 but an announcement of the system at next years E3 with DQX shown off as a launch title isn’t too unlikely. I think the reason people don’t buy Wii games is largely due to the negative image the Wii has to most gamers. Personally I prefer to buy the Wii versions of multiplatform titles like Sakura Wars and RF Oceans because as unfortunate as it is Wii games need all the help they can get to sell.

          • Joanna

            Oh I’m with you. I prefer to buy Wii versions as well. For Sakura Wars, I was going to go with the PS2 version because of dual track, but since I couldn’t find it, I picked up the Wii version. Dual track is nice, but it’s not a deal breaker for me (I’ve seen comments by others stating they would not pick up the Wii version because it lacked dual track). Actually, I don’t know why NISA didn’t include dual track in the Wii version since PS2 uses DVDs as well, so it’s not a space issue. :/

            I plan on picking out RF Oceans for Wii as well.

            I just find that reason to be really silly. If you paid for a piece of equipment, especially if there are compelling games, you should use it. I would be a bit less perplexed if somehow fellow gamers could see what you’re playing at your own home, but they can’t, so I just don’t understand why someone with a Wii would be bothered by negative backlash associated with the Wii. I guess buying the game could be an issue, but there is always online retailers, going to stores at certain hours, etc. if you are really paranoid that you will run into someone and they’ll look down on you for buying a Wii game.

            That, in itself, though, is pretty silly for me since I’ve never really cared what others thought of me at such a superficial level (i.e. what I wear, what I drive, what kind of hobbies I have). But I can see you probably agree with me, so now I’m just beating a dead horse as usual. ^^;;;;

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